Dean Van Nguyen is a music journalist and cultural critic based in Dublin, Ireland. In addition to PopMatters his work has appeared in The Irish Times, The Dubliner, Wax Poetics, AU, The Deli, Clash, AllHipHop.com and various others. He also the Founder, Editor and Publisher of One More Robot magazine, a Dublin-based pop culture print magazine. Twitter: @deanvannguyen
Sunday, June 2 2013
After dealing with the critical praise and downfall of Interpol, Sam Fogarino hooked up with one of the key players in Secret Machines and, under the name of EmptyMansions, made something quite special, different, and even a bit unexpected ...
Thursday, February 7 2013
With his encyclopedic genre knowledge honed by time as a critic himself, Rollie Pemberton (a.k.a. Cadence Weapon) aims to put Canada on the hip-hop map via Hope in Dirt City, his innovative indie debut.
Sunday, November 13 2011
A clutch of new artists are bringing the rhythm, the blues, and, perhaps most importantly, the soul back to R&B. And they're doing it without rehashing sounds of bygones eras.
Tuesday, October 18 2011
It was during the period between the Rodney King beating and subsequent court verdict that Ice Cube cut Death Certificate, a chilling glimpse into the anger and frustration South Central Angelinos were feeling.
Wednesday, April 7 2010
Curtis Mayfield penned many of the songs that would become anthems for the civil rights movement. Later in life, however, he would face different challenges, as documented on his heroic 1996 album New World Order.
Tuesday, March 26 2013
Once again Lil Wayne fails to recapture the energy and spirit that elevated him to the highest peaks of hip-hop superstardom.
Sunday, October 7 2012
The Alchemist's latest run for solo recognition, Russian Roulette draws sounds and sound bites from various Russian-themed sources, with a particular affinity for how the old Soviet Union was portrayed in American pop culture.
Monday, June 18 2012
There is indeed a touch of the Betty Davis about Georgia Anne Muldrow, but labelling her as a straight retro revivalist would be a falsehood.
Thursday, June 14 2012
On his first official album, there’s no sense that Big K.R.I.T. has changed his established ethos or pandered to label demands.
Sunday, March 18 2012
Soul Man Lee Fields continues to show his allegiance to classic R&B.